But they clearly don’t get
it: The selection of Mr. Ryan focuses — like a laser — the 2012 election on the economy and the incumbent president’s clear failure to solve not only the current mess
, but the overarching conditions — out-of-control spending
— that underlie it. Mr. Ryan, perhaps the most articulate budget wonk in either party, will spend the next 85 days laying that out for American voters.
Make no mistake: Mr. Obama tossed and turned through a sleepless slumber after word leaked out at midnight Friday that Mr. Romney had picked Mr. Ryan. He knows the choice was indeed a game-changer — one that will leave him very little room to distract and deceive voters about his dismal record
. And he knows he cannot run and hide, not now.
Federal spending across the board is out of hand. This year alone, the government will spend $1 trillion more than it takes in (from already-too-high taxes). While both Democrats and Republicans are to blame for spiraling spending, eventually someone — anyone
— will have to slash spending. There is no
other way (note to Democrats
: There are only 245,000 millionaires and billionaires
— even fewer today than when Mr. Obama took office
— so raising their taxes through the roof
just won’t balance the budget
Remember, four boxes keep us free: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.